2008 USTA Boys 16's and 18's Nationals

at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University

The pictures below are from August 7th.

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Quarterfinal Round of 18 Singles
Ryan Harrison(1), New Braunfels, TX def. Bradley Klahn(7), Poway, CA, 6-4, 6-2
Austin Krajicek(5), Bryan, TX def. Rhyne Williams(12), Knoxville, TN, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

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Quarterfinal Round of 16 Singles
Bob van Overbeek(5), Boca Raton, FL def. Raymond Sarmiento(9), Fontana, CA, 7-5, 6-2
Jordan Cox(7), Duluth, GA def. Clay Thompson(11), Venice Beach, CA, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

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KALAMAZOO -- Austin Krajicek had extra incentive when he stepped out on the court for his quarterfinals match against Rhyne Williams Thursday afternoon at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.
Players who make it to the semifinals of singles competition in the USTA Boys' 18 & 16 National Championships get an invitation to a clambake hosted by Ronda Stryker and Bill Johnston.
``I look forward to that every year,'' Krajicek said after defeating Rhyne Williams, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in a match interrupted for two hours after a cloudburst sent players and spectators scurrying for cover.
``That's an awesome dinner. I was a little worried (Wednesday) after I lost in the quarters of doubles. I knew I had to step up today and that's why I came out so intense in the first set.''
Krajicek, the fifth seed from Bryan, Texas, cruised through the first set then, trailing 4-1 in the second, had a chance to regroup.
During the rain break, ``I went back, took a shower, kind of rested a little bit,'' he said. ``I wasn't too upset that it rained because I had the momentum in the fist set and then it kind of shifted over to his side a little bit.''
The match was Krajicek's third three-setter in five matches.
``It gives me a little confidence (knowing he can pull them out), but I'd like to make the semis and finals in straight sets.''
Krajicek will play top-seeded Ryan Harrison, New Braunfels, Texas, in the 18s semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
HARRISON ROLLS: Harrison defeated Bradley Klahn (7), Poway, Calif., 6-4, 6-2, on Thursday.
Harrison, who finished his match while Krajicek and Williams were still on the court, said, `` ... You get to be happy for a while but I've got my next opponent playing down there right now.
``If I come out on Saturday and not ready to play, then either (Krajicek or Williams) can beat me pretty badly. On the other hand, if they're not ready to play, I can come out there. Since this is Kalamazoo, I think we'll both be ready to play.''
COX WINS THREE-SETTER: In boys 16s, Jordan Cox (7), Duluth, Ga., defeated Clay Thompson (11), Venice Beach Calif., 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, to advance to Saturday's semifinals, which begin at 11 a.m.
The bottom halves of the 18s and 16s draws play today, giving the top half some time off.
``(Today) I get to just recover from (Thursday) and practice a little bit and take it easy and get ready for Saturday,'' Cox said.
``I'll practice two times, stretch out a lot, relax, maybe do schoolwork -- maybe. That's a maybe.''
Cox plays Bob van Overbeek (5), Boca Raton, Fla., who defeated Raymond Sarmiento (9), Fontana, Calif., 7-5, 6-2, on Thursday.
``I know his game because we practiced, played against each other, but also, since we're pretty good friends, it's gonna be tough to put that aside,'' Cox said of van Overbeek.
``When you step on the court, it's all business. I'm looking forward to it and we'll still be friends afterwards.''
NADAL INFLUENCE: One of the hottest items in the pro shop is the sleeveless T-shirt made famous by Rafael Nadal.
``We had a few last year and we sold out right away,'' said Connie Mehaffie, a pro shop volunteer for 23 years. ``We ordered more this year. I guess everyone's working on their muscles.''
With sweatshirts and T-shirts selling briskly, ``the players like anything with `Kalamazoo' on it,'' she said.

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KALAMAZOO -- 18s Singles Finals Sunday Afternoon
USTA Nationals Staff
08/09/2008
Two lefties will play for the wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open in the 18s singles .....
Two lefties will play for the wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open in the 18s singles final Sunday afternoon.
Top-seeded Ryan Harrison of New Braunfels, Texas, fell to fifth-seeded Austin Krajicek, of Bryan, Texas, 7-5, 6-1,
Krajicek will face Ryan Thacher (8) of Studio City, Calif., in Sunday’s best three-of-five sets final.
Thacher defeated Ty Trombetta (6) of Hallandale, Fla., 6-0, 6-1.

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